By Swami Harshananda
samidh (‘that which burns brightly’)
Offering fuel-sticks, generally called samidh, into a duly consecrated fire is a part and parcel of many a Hindu rite.
Some of the trees from which these sticks could be procured are: aśvattha, (Ficus religiosa), bilva (Aegle marmelos), candana (sandal-wood), devadāru (pine), khadira (Acacia catechu), nyagrodha (Indian fig-tree) and palāśa (Butea frondosa).
Fuel-sticks of certain trees like bibhī-taka (Terminalia bellerica), kapittha (wood-apple tree) and nimba (neem-tree) should not be used.
The sticks should not be thicker than the thumb, must have the bark on them and should not be worm-eaten. The size is prādeśa (one span). There should be no branches.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore